Michael Jolley: Barrow sack manager after two months in charge of League Two club

Michael Jolley is the second manager to be sacked by Barrow this season; assistant manager Rob Kelly will take temporary charge of the Bluebirds for the rest of the season; Barrow are 23rd in League Two having lost 14 of their 27 matches so far this term

Michael Jolley has been relieved of his duties as Barrow manager
Image: Michael Jolley has been relieved of his duties as Barrow manager

Barrow have parted company with manager Michael Jolley after just eight games in charge with assistant Rob Kelly named as his replacement until the end of the season.

Former Grimsby Town manager Jolley replaced David Dunn who was sacked in December last year following a poor start to the season.

Jolley was appointed on December 23 on a two-and-a-half-year deal but a record of two wins, one draw and five defeats saw him relieved of his duties as Bluebirds boss.

Barrow were promoted back to the Football League last season as National League champions but the Cumbria club are currently 23rd in League Two after 14 defeats from 27 in the fourth tier, their latest being a 2-1 loss at home to Morecambe on Saturday which left them one point adrift in the relegation zone.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Barrow and Morecambe

The club play Oldham Athletic in their next match on Tuesday night which will be Rob Kelly's first challenge as he oversees first-team affairs until the end of the season.

Upon Jolley's departure, chairman Paul Hornby stated there had been differences between the pair regarding the club's playing style.

"It has become apparent even in such a short space of time that unfortunately the Board and Michael have differing visions for how the team should play, which has led to this change being made," said Hornby.

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"We believe that it's best to recognise this now and make the change early so that the team can concentrate on the remaining games of the season. We'd like to thank Michael for all of his hard work and wish him well in his future career.

"Rob Kelly has been appointed as caretaker manager with immediate effect and will lead the team until the end of the season.

"Rob has had a successful, albeit brief, spell in charge of the team earlier in the season and is aligned to our philosophies and culture.

"This has not been an easy decision to make. However, the Board feel that it's the right decision and one that gives us the best possible chance of remaining in League Two, which is the ultimate aim of everybody associated with Barrow AFC."

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